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Minnesota improves to 5-2 with a 34-32 win over Rutgers

Sophomore kicker Emmit Carpenter hits a 27-yard field goal to give Minnesota a 34-32 victory.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers got off to a great start against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, leading 21-3 after the first quarter of play.  The Gophers built their lead on the strength of their running game, getting touchdown runs in the opening quarter from Shannon Brooks, then Rodney Smith and finally senior quarterback Mitch Leidner.

The way Rutgers' season has been going you would figure the Scarlet Knights would put their head down and wait to board the plane on their flight back to the Garden State.  

Not today.  The Scarlet Knights rallied and eventually took a one-point lead at 32-21 with 4:01 remaining in the fourth quarter.

However, Leidner lead the Gophers on a 12-play, 59 yard drive to set up a 27-yard field goal by Emmit Carpenter to win the game.  The sophomore kicker from Green Bay split the uprights and the Gophers escaped with a 34-32 win.

The victory evens the Gophers Big Ten record at 2-2 and improves their overall record to 5-2 on the season.

The Gophers are back on the road next week as they travel to Illinois to take on the Illini (2-4, 1-2).


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